Photography Course - Diploma (Home Study)
Home Study

Home Studycourse

Start Date:  Can be started at any time
Price:  £ 550 (easy-pay plan available)
Duration:  Approximately 6 months
Assessment:  10 Practical Assignments
Level:  Equivalent to level 3 on the NQF
Accreditation:  Open & Distance Learning Quality Council
Course Type:  Home Study
Entry Requirements:  18 years old or over.

Diploma course in Photography

The Diploma in photography is a practical and theoretical exploration into the exciting world of digital photography. By the end of the Diploma you will have a solid understanding of your camera, a range of photography equipment, and will have completed practical assignments designed to give you the skills you need to succeed or develop as a professional photographer.

Throughout the course you will complete ten practical assignments designed to give you the experience to confidently enter the professional world of photography. Assignments can be completed at any time within a maximum time frame of three years. Most students complete the course in six months.

Can be studied as a stand-alone course.

See below for a full list of topics covered »

Diploma Course Study Contents:

  • Welcome Letter - from the course director
  • Recommended Materials & Supplementary Reading List
  • Initial Assignments and Submission Requirements
  • All Course Content & Instructional Videos

The Fundamentals of Photography

Unit One

In this introductory unit you will start to develop the skills that enable you to use your camera to capture the perfect moment. You will learn the following skills and techniques:

  • Understand how to use your digital camera
  • How to shoot in manual mode
  • What is exposure and why is it important?
  • Photography composition and techniques
  • Practical photography assignments leading to a detailed portfolio
  • Personal development through continued constructive feedback from your personal tutor

Photographic Techniques

Unit Two

In this unit you will further develop and enhance your practical skills using photographic equipment and techniques. You will explore different techniques and approaches including:

  • Portrait photography
  • Event photography
  • Landscape photography
  • Macro photography
  • Black & White photography
  • Flash Photography
  • Studio lighting photography
  • Long exposure photography

Digital Post Production Techniques

Unit Three

In this unit we deal with post processing and the elements that are involved once a photograph has actually been taken. You will learn how to:

  • Critique your photos and choose which to use
  • Process and develop RAW files
  • Use image editing software
  • Create panoramic and HDR photographs
  • Prepare your photographs for printing or digital export

Ideas Generation

Unit Four

The ability to generate an idea and to think creatively is at the core of any creative project, so in this unit we focus on getting those creative juices flowing. The tasks in this unit should be fun and inspiring while challenging you to think outside their comfort zone, and will lead to portfolio images that you will be proud of. We will cover elements such as:

  • Various idea generating techniques
  • Sketching
  • Brainstorming
  • Mind mapping
  • Experimenting with different camera settings

Contextual & Cultural Referencing

Unit Five

This unit looks at the History of Photography. It examines how we have come to be where we are from a Photographic perspective, in order to give you a complete and well-rounded education on the subject. We will research pioneering photographers and investigate how they have influenced current practice.

  • Early Photography
  • The Rise of Film & SLR Cameras
  • The Rise of Digital Photography